Wednesday, September 3, 2008

On "Being the Change you want to see"

While searching internet sites, I came across this inscription on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in Westminster Abbey in 1100 AD. I thought it was very interesting in the light of what Mahatma Gandhi said several centuries later! How times never change! Here it is.

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.

But it too seemed immovable. As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but also they would have none of it.

And now as I lie on my deathbed I suddenly realise: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement I would then have been able to change my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks again for something to ponder.

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  2. This quote has always been on my blog- I try to remember it every day. One person CAN made a difference!!

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  3. Boy, THAT'S a sobering thought! And how true. Wisdom of the ancients!

    Funny, I keep reading/hearing about "change", in one form or another. If you've followed our silly election situation over here - all Obama (Democrat) has said is that he's going to change things. How? He doesn't elaborate. And a few days ago, McCain (Rebpublican) said HE's going to change things! Give me a break!

    Yesterday, I heard someone say on the radio that famous line, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

    Sorry, I've turned this into a mini-blog. Again. Guess I'll never change!

    Have a good week!
    Kate

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  4. Hi! Just popping by to see how you've been. All's well over here. :-)

    Blessings!
    Vicki

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  5. This is one of my very favorite quotes! Gandhi was just full of great inspirations...

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  6. What a beautifully moving quote!

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